What is the Cost of Legal Representation?
One can be charged with domestic assault for very minor altercations to more severe ones, so long as an application of some force takes place. In either scenario, your best bet would be to get yourself legal representation. The charge can result in a criminal record and a term of imprisonment. It is fair to say that no one wants to risk his or her liberty. The services of a lawyer will put you in the best position to defend your rights. In the mean time, it is important that you avoid any contact or communication, directly or indirectly, with the complainant in your matter. This will only serve to complicate your matter and even taint possible resolutions in your favour.
What is a Domestic Assault in Canadian Law?
Domestic assault often refers to assault that takes place between intimate partners. Partners, for the purposes of domestic assault, do not have to be legally married or living together so long as they are in a relationship. Assault refers to when one person intentionally applies force to another person, or attempts or threatens to apply force to another person, without their permission. Assault is considered a crime, irrespective of whether or not the recipient gets physically hurt. The onus is on the Crown prosecutor to prove all of the elements of the domestic assault offence. The role of your defence lawyer is to advance your case in a manner that can bring about the optimal disposition of your matter.
What will it cost to retain a lawyer?
Different lawyers charge differently based on a variety of factors including but not limited to their experience, ability, focus of practice, size of firm, complexity of the case, the stage at which a case is, and so on. Most lawyers charge hourly rates, which can be unpredictable and frightening for clients.
At Aitken Robertson, we take the unpredictability of your final cost out of the equation. Most clients prefer it this way. We charge a block fee. This allows you to make an informed decision and to budget accordingly. We understand that people do not save up to pay for legal fees. With this in mind, we offer payment plans where your legal bill can be paid monthly until it is fully paid off. We are committed to providing access to justice and this is just one of the ways we do so. Get ahead of your charges and contact our offices to get your free consultation.